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  • Audio CD: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition (19 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478980907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478980902
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.8 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,030 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.

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"'The last line of "The Silkworm," which will lift the hearts of readers who have come to love its deeply sympathetic characters, offers the prospect of more of that joy both for her and for us." Charles Finch, ""USA Today "(3.5/4 stars)""

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The second book in the highly acclaimed crime fiction series by J.K. Rowling, writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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83 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Durston TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
I read and enjoyed The Cuckoo’s Calling and so was looking forward to this follow-up. As with the first book I was much more taken by the characters than the plot. Strike is extremely likable and very well-rounded and the relationships between the main characters are really believable. Location too is great; I know that corner of London very well and it was lovely to read it brought to life so evocatively.

Sadly, it’s the plot that lets the whole book down; it reads like a crime novel written by someone who hasn’t read much crime. It lacks the pace of a Val McDermid or a PD James novel and so my main reason for finishing the book was because I was enjoying the character development.

I’d read another one, but hopefully it will be about a hundred pages shorter and have a bit more pace behind it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JMM on 10 Mar. 2015
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Last Year I bought the Audible version of "The Cuckoo's Calling" and over a period of several months(yes months) listened to this book while I was travelling in the car. I found it difficult to get into in this version and was not going to buy anything further. However I decided to give JK another chance and bought the kindle version of "the Silkworm". For me there is "magic" in the written word and I was drawn quickly into this story, finding a love for the main protagonists that was missing in the fragmented listening to the first book. Ms Rowling has given substance to Cormoran and Robin that merits further books to investigate their ongoing chemistry. The book itself has literary merit and in this crime genre shows much restraint in only having one murder to investigate rather than the usual serial killer prose that we so often receive. I did enjoy it and look forward to buying the (hopefully) next instalment of this pairing.
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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Jack Croxall (Author/Journo) on 5 July 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Eight months after the Landry case and Strike is back. Inundated with rich clients wanting their adulterous spouses tailed, the private detective is relieved to receive a likeable visitor with a quandary actually worth investigating. The wife of not-quite-famous author, Owen Quine, Leonora Quine wants her missing husband found. Cormoran takes on the case and quickly finds himself in and amongst London's squabbling literary circle, caught up in the mess created by Quine upon circulation of his latest manuscript; a libellous book in which he viciously attacks almost everyone he's ever worked with.

`Write what you know' is the age old adage and, where Rowling dipped into her experience of fame for The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm deals with a publishing world going through an identity crisis. Traditional publishing, self-publishing and the internet's influence are all fleetingly examined, and you can't help but wonder how many of Cormoran's suspects include portions of the real-life people Rowling encountered during her remarkable rise to superstardom. But then, given the repercussions of Quine's own manuscript, Bombyx Mori (Latin for silkworm), borrowed traits might well have been too ironic an inclusion for even the most cavalier of writers - an enjoyable conundrum to deliberate whilst reading.

A literary yet accessible crime thriller, The Silkworm is, like its predecessor, an excellent read. The mystery is moreish, the characters well-crafted, and the side plots - particularly the continuing animosity between Strike and his assistant's fiancé - are genuinely enjoyable.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Aug. 2014
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Having enjoyed "The Cuckoo's Calling" (not to mention all the other books of J K Rowlings) I was keen to see how the second book would fair. Although I found it darker, it was more enjoyable, possibly because I was familiar with the main characters. Once again the setting is atmospheric and beautifully observed while the characters, even the minor players, are carefully moulded to show depth and personality with all their idiosyncrasies, hang ups flaws and redeeming features.
The central plot twists and drags the reader through the streets of snowbound London, but I will not give away the main tenet as I feel spoilers are a curse. Suffice to say I hope Ms Rowlings (aka Robert Galbraith) in her literary circle does not come into contact with the seamier side of the publishing world.
A word of warning to those of a sensitive disposition; the language is often ripe, as befits the characters, and description of the body, luridly graphic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dolores Amazon customer on 21 Mar. 2015
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You feel empathy towards the protagonist and his colleague (although there is undue repetition about his amputation and prosthesis, we did get the message! ) However the context of the 21st century literary world in London is inaccessible to most of us, even if the author is clearly familiar with it, and it is therefore arguably impossible for us to identify with any of the other characters or even understand them. There are some neat pieces of self-directed irony about writers, such as when Strike asks, What is this mania with getting into print? And when Quine's publisher says that what is needed is more readers and less writers - clearly the world of writers world is over crowded. However you need a strong stomach to read some of the descriptions, notably of the victim and of his manuscript Bombyx mori. The style is clunky at times and slowed down by dialogues, descriptions, and too many twists and turns providing red herrings. For this reason and that of being unable to identify with most of the characters, I gave this three stars. The action only really gathers pace in the last 25% and I did love the final twist about Quine's manuscript (I will not include a spoiler). There is a very memorable simile at Strike's moment of realisation of the truth- it is 'like the turning of a lid that finds its thread. ' We need more of this and less of the too-clever- by-far overloading of twists and repetitions.
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